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Friday, October 31, 2014

Seahawks Injury Report: Kam Chancellor, Russell Okung, Malcolm Smith

By on 10/31/2014 07:00:00 PM

The Seattle Seahawks will have a chance to gain ground in the NFC West when they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but will have several injuries to overcome:

Seattle had to add a few names to an already lengthy injury list this week prior to it's Week 9 matchup with Oakland. One of those names is safety Kam Chancellor, who was held out of practice Friday with a groin injury and will be a game-time decision.

Backup safety Jeron Johnson also sustained a concussion during last week's win over the Carolina Panthers and has been ruled out. If Chancellor can't go as well, DeShawn Shead would likely start at strong safety on Sunday.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith exited early against Carolina with a groin injury and has been ruled out. Bobby Wagner doesn't appear close to returning from turf toe, leaving undrafted free agent Brock Coyle to start at middle linebacker.

Center Max Unger was able to participate in limited practice all week and is expected to start after missing four games with a sprained foot. Backup Stephen Schilling was held out practice with a knee injury and is questionable, so Seattle may have no choice but to hurry Unger back.

Seattle's already struggling offensive line may take another hit, as left tackle Russell Okung is questionable with a calf injury. Left guard James Carpenter was limited in practice Wednesday with a back problem but is expected to play.

Tight end Zach Miller is progressing towards returning from ankle surgery, but remains out this week. Cornerback Byron Maxwell will also miss his third straight game with a sprained calf.

Defensive end Michael Bennett missed practice Thursday with a lingering toe injury but is listed as probable. Jordan Hill (ankle) will be out again Sunday, with Cassius Marsh (foot) also missing on the defensive line.

Richard Sherman was held out of practice Thursday with a back injury but will play against Oakland. Tharold Simon will start in place of Maxwell despite also missing practice Thursday with a knee problem.

Wide receiver Bryan Walters cleared concussion protocol and is expected to be active. Marshawn Lynch received a scheduled day off on Wednesday.

Despite the missing players, the Seahawks are heavily favored over the Raiders, but the sheer number of injuries has become a huge concern. The Seahawks will hope to use the next two weeks to get healthy, as the schedule is very difficult from Week 11 on.  

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